Thursday, January 5, 2012

Sophia Knapp Catches The Waves

Sophia Knapp is a singer/songwriter. Sophia Knapp does not write singer/songwriter music. Sophia Knapp has spent a great amount of time, however, listening to Stevie Nicks and Carpenters records. Her album Into The Waves is a jaw dropping tribute to female fronted rock from the 70s and 80's with a bit of 21st century thrown in.

The Waves is a fantastic record of cool pop that would not have sounded out of place on the radio 30 or 40 years ago. The songs here are dominated by Sophia's voice and her lyrics and she's created a world in which the sounds that surround them are ethereal, mystical, and cast a spell over the listener. In fact it's so magical, one can't help but think of Sophia Knapp doing all this in black bo-ho clothing and holding seance's during the production of this record. With the spell cast her songs sound contemporary, mature, and about as un-singer songwritery as one could get.

More in touch with the 70's and 80's that current trends, everything about this record seems retro infused. From the production, to the songs, to the rather faery like feel of the record. If you didn't know better you really would swear you were listening to Stevie Nicks or some version of Fleetwood Mack here. Sophia has clearly nailed it and come up with an album that's cool, shady, romantic, and relaxed. It's a very pretty record that transports us to another time when female artists dominated the charts and whose albums still reverberate today. Every Waking Moment is impressive stuff that will appeal to anyone to anyone who loves traveling back in time.

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